5FM has announced that new talent will join the 5FM family in April.
The station will be on-boarding on-air presenter Smash Afrika, who will be taking over 5FM Nights from 19:00 – 22:00 Monday – Thursday.
Smash, who hails from Bloemfontein and started his career on campus radio, has a youthful energy and is a real live-wire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable.
“Talk about a dream come true! I have always wanted to work at 5FM and finally it’s happening,” Smash says, “Words can’t begin to describe the emotions, but I will express them on every show once I get started,” he adds.
Smash Afrika regards himself as the perfect 5FM fit with his live loud attitude and will be joined by well-known producer, Given Baloyi. Baloyi says it is Smash’s unique personality and world view that will make the show stand out and grab the attention of 5FM’s community. “The show will have an eccentric and whimsical feel. We want to create a show where they get to let their guard down and tap into their inner child,” he says.
5FM Station Manager, Justine Cullinan, says this dynamite partnership is undeniably a creative pairing with the perfect fit for brand 5FM. “5FM has the most diversely represented and dynamic collection of on-air and producer family members,” she says, “With these two new talents we are only taking that positioning further. We are looking forward to delivering a high intensity weeknight show to the 5FM community.”
5FM is equally excited to announce that acclaimed and revered Ultimix resident Ryan the DJ has been offered his own show on the station, taking over the Saturday night 19:00 – 22:00 Weekender5 show from 5FM’s pH who will sadly be leaving the station to focus on his very busy DJ and production work.
Ryan is certainly no stranger to the 5FM community. He was crowned the winner of the 5FM Ultimix DJ competition in 2012 which landed him a regular resident feature on the station as well as on their event line-ups. Ryan, is one of South Africa’s foremost mix masters and recently represented the country at the Red Bull 3Style World Finals in Poland, where he was placed in the top 6.
“I’ve always held the 5FM Saturday night slot in high regard. I grew up listening to Derek the Bandit and Roger Goode’s Saturday Surgery – they were iconic shows. I would listen to them religiously and so to have the opportunity to host my own show on a Saturday night on 5FM is an absolute honour and dream come true for me,” says Ryan. “I’m really excited for the journey ahead as well as being able to share good music and connect with my fans and listeners across South Africa,” he adds.
5FM’s Bosslady, Justine Cullinan, says that Ryan the DJ will deliver the perfect party soundtrack for a Saturday night. “His skill in music selection is incomparable and I know that his show will be carefully curated with mix music from the best in the world,” she says, “As one of our Weekender5 he will add immense value to 5FM’s specialist music fame and will continue the station’s legacy in delivering to the 5FM community the best mixologists and deck wreckers the country has to offer.”
For more, please visit www.5fm.co.za
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